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Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.

PHOENIX -- Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula Tuesday said there was no truth to a recent CBS report that General Manager Doug Whaley and new coach Sean McDermott weren't getting along and that McDermott wanted to bring in his own people to run the player-personnel department. "I don't know where that report came from, it's erroneous" Pegula told a group of Western New …

PHOENIX -- Make the games faster and safer. Those were the mandates NFL owners followed in voting on rules changes that were made Tuesday at the league's annual meeting. The biggest that pertains to speeding up games is eliminating referees going under the hood to review plays. Beginning with the 2017 season, officials will view replays on the field using porta…

PHOENIX -- Sean McDermott showed the first real sign Tuesday that he has a little bit of something going on beneath the mostly methodical and careful exterior he has portrayed since being introduced as the Buffalo Bills' 20th head coach last January. It surfaced in answer to a question about his approach to going for it on fourth down. "Oh, my personality is aggress…

PHOENIX -- Despite growing speculation that Doug Whaley could soon be on his way out as general manager of the Buffalo Bills, coach Sean McDermott stressed Monday that the two of them are working closely together and expects that to continue. "Doug and I worked together on (free agency), we absolutely worked together on all of this," McDermott told The Buffalo News …

PHOENIX -- The late Al Davis was always considered the maverick among NFL team owners. He was the one who filed multiple lawsuits against his league partners as he moved his club, the Oakland Raiders, back and forth between its original home in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, where they played from 1982 to 1994. He was constantly at odds with the league's commissioners -…

PHOENIX -- The Buffalo Bills added some much-needed depth at defensive end by claiming Scott Crichton off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings, The Buffalo News confirmed Monday. The acquisition was first reported by ESPN's Field Yates reported Monday. The Vikings released Crichton, who spent the past three seasons with them, on Friday. He gives the Bills a fourth de…

PHOENIX -- How are you feeling, Buffalo Bills' fans? That 17-year playoff drought still got you down? Are you uninspired by the free-agency moves that were limited by a tight salary cap? Are you uneasy about the uncertainty over the future of the general manager? Are you wondering about how things are going to work out under a first-time head coach? Well, here's s…

PHOENIX -- One of the natural questions emanating from NFL owners voting their approval Monday of the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is whether it sends any sort of message to another team, such as the Buffalo Bills, with an outdated stadium. The league's and the Raiders' inability to work out an agreement with the City of Oakland to build a satisfactory r…

PHOENIX — A year ago, the NFL was making a strong push for the Buffalo Bills to build a new stadium. The league's position appears to have softened greatly since then. According to a high-ranking NFL source, the league now believes that Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are doing the right thing by taking their time before committing to a move from New Era…

PHOENIX -- With NFL owners, club executives, and coaches gathering for their annual meeting, which began Sunday at the posh Arizona Biltmore, here are some of the primary topics of discussion in the next four days: *The Oakland Raiders' planned move to Las Vegas. Everything points to this happening, but the league's 32 owners still must give their approval in …

The advice was coming from a teammate who was only a couple of years older and had only one more year of NFL experience, but Vladimir Ducasse instantly recognized its validity. "You should be playing like this guy," Matt Slauson said, pointing to the video monitor. Ducasse was a rookie guard for the New York Jets. Slauson played the same position. So did "this guy," …

What's in a name? When it comes to doing everything possible to land a spot on a major-college football roster, apparently not much. New Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka decided he was better off just keeping his mouth shut when, while trying to make the North Carolina State football team as a walk-on transfer from Middlebury College in 2007, he noticed his n…

Stephen Hauschka doesn't feel comfortable discussing the subject. As with most kickers, it's always best to try to keep negative occurrences as far in the past as possible. This one still stings, though. A lot. The Seattle Seahawks, with whom Hauschka spent six of his last nine NFL seasons, decided they didn't want to keep him. They found what they believed w…

This time, it's actually happening. The Buffalo Bills announced Saturday they have, in fact, come to terms on an agreement with free-agent wide receiver Andre Holmes. Earlier in the week, ESPN reported that the Bills were signing the former member of the Oakland Raiders, but Holmes, via his Twitter account, and the Bills refuted the story. On Saturday, Holmes tweete…